11 posts tagged "Temptu"
Backstage, there was a lot of airbrushing going on, but the pros weren’t perfecting complexions Photoshop-style—far from it. Pat McGrath scrawled muted shades of mustard, green, purple, and blue across lids at Prada, while Peter Philips erased hairlines at Alexander McQueen by blasting models’ foreheads with black paint. McGrath admitted that the spray gun was “a new medium” for her, but true to form, she managed to use it in an unconventional way that would make graffiti legend Banksy proud.
Interested in “tagging” a few features of your own? Get your hands on the limited-edition version of Temptu’s Airbrush Makeup System that features a removable GelaSkin designed by Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort. The navy sticker that covers the machine’s base is dotted with the same dandelionlike pattern printed on the skirts, shirtdresses, cropped pants, and tanks in Lai’s Spring 2014 collection. Create a flawless canvas by applying the Airpod Foundation and Blush (included in the kit), then take a cue from this season’s European runways and color outside the lines.
Temptu Limited-Edition Creatures of Comfort Kit, $149, available at www.temptu.com and NYC and L.A. Creatures of Comfort boutiques.
It was all about rebellion this season at Prada—whether that concept was translated through application, texture, or color. “The look is simple, but there’s a darker thought to it,” said hairstylist Guido Palau. “These girls aren’t sweet and innocent, there’s a ganglike mentality to them.”
All thirty-nine models were separated into packs according hair color—a task taken on by British dye master Josh Wood, flown in less than forty-eight hours before the big event. “We’ve taken away what you’d normally add to color, like highlights and depth, as the idea is to create an illustration of a girl—[similar to] how you would draw or paint hair,” said Palau. To execute Mrs. Prada’s vision, Wood “antiqued” brown, black, blond, and red hues to lend a “singularity” to the varying tones. And while the end result was “flat,” it wasn’t lifeless. “This is [an example of] quietness in color at its highest volume,” said Wood, who went on to explain that the catwalk concept translates to the real world in the form of simpler dye jobs that are just as contemporary as their more complicated counterparts. Styling was far less of a process: Palau spritzed damp strands with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, made a severe side part, and swept the front section low over the forehead—letting the length air-dry or using a blow-dryer and just his fingers to add movement.
Face painter Pat McGrath played up the “women in revolt” theme by leaving the skin raw (save for spot coverage with concealer), dabbing moisturizer on cheeks and clear balm onto lips. The eyes are where the real action was: She used the Temptu Airbrush Makeup System to “graffiti lids with anti-eye-shadow colors” such as muted blue, green, purple, orange, and yellow. “It’s a new medium for me,” McGrath said of the high-tech spray gun. “I’m creating imperfect makeup using a perfecting tool.” Brows were bleached to allow the scrawl across the crease to take center stage.
When it came to hair—whether it was above the eyes or on the head—the girls weren’t left with much choice. “No color, no show,” Wood said of the parameters surrounding the casting. But what model would let a little thing like a major shade change stand in her way of walking Miuccia’s runway?
“It’s a really cool girl, who’s style conscious but has a rock n’ roll lifestyle,” hairstylist Laurent Philippon said of his seasonal muse backstage at BCBG this morning. Or, in other words, Kate Moss. “[She] was on the mood board,” makeup artist Val Garland confirmed. So, how best to simulate the superest-of-them-all’s laid-back, edgy look? Black eyeliner, for starters.
“I pushed it into the water line and smudged it out,” Garland explained of an ebony gel that she worked into models’ upper and lower lashes so it looked lived-in, “like there was a little left over and it’s been on for six or eight hours.” Garland also channeled “Kate the Great’s” disheveled decadence when crafting perfect, flawless skin, which she achieved using Temptu’s airbrush system—its AIR pod Foundation contoured with its AIR pod Bronzer in Warm Glow and AIR pod Highlighter in Champagne, specifically. Lips were given a slight wine stain, “like you were just-biting your lip,” courtesy of a finger-pressing of its Retouch Blush in Washed Rose while nails were painted a “virginal and demure” neutral with CND’s Pink Lily.
Philippon focused his energy on getting that texture that “everyone wants.” Prepping hair with Bumble and Bumble Bb Thickening Spray, he “deconstructed” sections by raking his Bb Styling Wax-coated hands through lengths to create piecyness. A final “cloud” of its Hair Powder, which grabbed onto the wax, resulted in a mess of thick, sexy bedhead—vintage Kate.
Full disclosure: When we first heard that Temptu was using its Hollywood movie set know-how to create an at-home airbrushing system two years ago, we were a little freaked out. But once we saw the contraption in action—the ease with which the device created a completely flawless canvas simply unachievable through brushing and buffing alone—we wanted one instantly. Having already cornered the complexion-enhancing market with AIR Pods of foundation, bronzing, and highlighting fluid that provide seamless coverage and contours, Temptu is now turning its attention to the body. The brand has just launched Body Glow, which uses finely milled pearls and emollients that condition skin on contact to create a perfect, streak-free bronze once only available to professionals. Sure, Body Glow only lasts one night, but it’ll be one hell of a good-looking evening.
As the situation in Japan quickly goes from bad to worse, everyone is trying to do their part to help the citizens of the tsunami- and earthquake-ravaged country recoup–beauty businesses included. Shiseido, the Japanese beauty authority, introduced a no-purchase-necessary initiative this week, donating 100 million Japanese Yen (approximately $1,239,000) outright to aid in the relief effort, as well as 10,000 bottles of its dry shampoo, medicated hand soap, and quick-drying disinfectant lotion. International Cosmetics & Perfumes (ICP), the company that distributes both Creed and Hanae Mori fragrances, has also announced that in addition to sending 50 durable and reusable tote bags, it will set aside profits from the online sales of both fragrance brands and donate the proceeds to the American Red Cross. And today comes word that Temptu, the airbrush makeup expert, has joined forces with the US-based relief organization as well and will donate $100 from every online sale of its consumer and professional products through March 31st. Direct contributions can be made to the Red Cross by calling 800-RED-CROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 increments.